- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Up until the past few years Michigan fans saw top-ranked prospects out of Glenville, Ohio, commit to schools other than Michigan. If a name popped up from Ginn Academy, fans figured there wasn’t much of a chance.
The notable school has top-ranked prospects year in and year out, so it’s beneficial to build inroads when possible. That holds true for the 2014 class as well, and specifically with offensive lineman Marcelys Jones.
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound lineman already has been offered by Indiana and Ohio State and is hearing from plenty more programs.
“Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, Louisville, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee have all been in contact,” he said. “I’m definitely open to any school that’s willing to talk to me. I don’t really have a top list going into it, so I’m open.”
He might not have a top list, but he does have former teammates at various college programs to help him along the way. Since his school produces top0ranked talent, Jones has friends and confidants at a lot of the schools that he already is hearing from.
“I’m cool with a lot of those guys like Frank Clark and Willie Henry at Michigan, and Marcus Hall [Ohio State], Aundrey Walker [USC] and Shane Wynn [Indiana],” he said. “I’ll ask any of those guys for advice, and I know they wouldn’t steer me in the wrong direction. They’re all great guys.”
Jones said the connections and friendships might help in the process, but doesn’t believe it gives any school an edge over another. He plans on making his own decision, and he says he’ll minimize the fact he has friends at a particular school.
His recruitment has just started to get rolling, so he doesn’t have plans of ending it any time soon. He would ideally like to take his time before getting too serious with the process.
“I definitely want to wait to see who all is going to offer first,” he said. “When I know all the offers are in then I’ll sit down with my family and go from there.”